1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
I enjoyed the first two books of the Clifton series but this one seemed forced and awkward. I found the characters unsympathetic, the plot unrealistic and the narrative tedious.
Easily the worst. I usually get sucked into his stories and carried along by the fast paced stories but this one dragged.
I found the narrator pretentious but competent and clear diction.
I hope number four will be back to the standard of the first two otherwise it sullies your initial positive impression of the series.
Got tired of the soap opera feel of this series. I read 3 of the series in a row and this will be my last purchase. I may come back in years to come but I am over it at this stage. The story overall is entertaining and I would probably have continued if I didn't feel so "milked" by buying a set of chapters rather than a book.
The best part was it kept the story going, however, it starts to become very soapy. Compared to volumes 1 and 2 it lets the reader down, it lost my interest in the story. It gets very bogged down in the story and I found myself wishing he'd get on with it and hurry up, a bit like the English Cricket Team.
Jeffery should've released the volumes sooner as I found myself trying to remember the story.
You'd have to recommend it only to get to the end of the saga.
Can't remember any scene that was a stand out.
No, a movie wouldn't be able to capture all the detail in and would leave the reader disappointed. It would end up becoming like Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, book vs the movie - score 5 and 0, like many other adaptations.
Angelina's movie Unbroken didn't do the book justice and I would fear the same would happen if this was turned into a movie.
But isn't that true of most movies and books.
Only Jeffrey Archer can weave such a fine tale with so many twists and turns and keep it believable with incredible suspense. Thank you, cant wait for the next edition!!!
I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.
He is good for the book.
This book is too much of a drag. In many instances I felt the author should just move on and spare us the boring details. The story has still much interesting parts but it is over stretched.
it fits well with the series the characters are good
the reading of the will
this is well read as previous books you get to follow the story easy
yes and no it has it,s moments
Book 3 takes up the story and leads the listener along a well worn path. I continued to enjoy the Clifton Chronicles, and I am looking forward to the next instalment. I enjoyed the narration - Alex Jennings really brings the characters to life, but the performance would be improved with the addition of a female narrator. Bring on book 4
Loved listening to this whole series, Archer leaves cliff hanger endings that make you so edgy to read the next one!
Everything ties together, yet the story keeps on unfolding, there's always more you want to learn about the characters and their intertwining past, presents & futures!
I have just listened to this, having waiting on tenterhooks for this sequel to be released! I felt quite uneasy in parts of the novel because I was so 'wound up' in the fates of our family that I could see disasters falling, and I became tense .......... having finished it over two days - I am now WAITING FOR THE NEXT PART!!!!!!
Really a gripping tale - I really care what happens to the Cliftons and the Barringtons .... Lots of intrigue, lots of clever plans - but now ..... How long until number 4.
Excellent story, really good plot line kept me hooked till the end. The narration and characterisation was very believable and I would quite easily listen to it a second time. Highly recommended!
"Dissapointing end to the saga"
The Clifton Chronicles has been a 'good story' and that's what you expect from Jeffrey Archer. At no point was I on the edge of my seat or listening all night because it was so exciting. You get to know the characters and can relax into the book. The narration is very good but I did find this part of the saga a bit lazy as it just became a bit boring and I lost interest a few times. All a bit far fetched but I will still read the next one!
"good story telling"
loved this book and couldnt wait to move on. love chronicles because i am not sad at the end but cant wait to start next one in series.
So it goes on
The 1st book was cracking, 2nd pretty gripping too but was detecting Archer wanted to get to the end...3rd was almost paper thin...came over to me as if he'd got bored of the subject...1st book was thick and attention to detail with conversations between the character, this last one was listening to an abbreviated strory...going through the motions springs to mind because the publishers have paid up front?
Book 1 style...
if it was based on book 1 then yes but 2 & 3 need more substance...
Archer shouldn't get bored with his characters - that is how it came over...
"How long to wait?"
Really annoyed - thought it was only 3 parts now I have to wait for the 4th part - quite a page turner!
"a great story"
really enjoyed the story and the reader. a teasing finish as I no must get the next one!
"Still keeping the interest going."
It's good enough to get me to buy the fourth in the series. The narrator is like the best soccer referees....you don't notice they are there.
"No.... you can't finish the book there!"
OMG couldn't wait for this book to find out what happened now this one has finished with a cliffhanger!! I simply cannot wait to find out what happens so straight into the next book for me.
I am thoroughly enjoying the series and just when you think there can't be more there can!
"Black and white"
Perhaps I shouldn't have listened to 4 books from the series, one after the other. I think I may have been a bit jaded by the time I got to this book
The story is still good, very enjoyable and entertaining. However the contrast between the good and bad characters once again is too obvious, too black and white. Everyone likes a few shades of grey (if not the full 50, right?). So whereas before I have forgiven the almost childlike approach to good and evil, I found it grating on my nerves quite considerably when listening to this
As always it was superbly read and the accents and voices were great.
And as previously mentioned the storyline is wonderfully entertaining. My car journeys fly by.
Another crazy cliffhanger to keep you wanting to come back for more. But for me the spell has been broken, at least for now. I will switch to something a little more tonal and give the high contrast black and white Clifton Chronicles a rest.
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